Six-year-old Twin Sparks eclipsed the world dirt record for six furlongs when he clocked a time of 1:06.49 in winning the $50,000 Caballos Del Sol Handicap at Turf Paradise on Saturday. (Coady Photography)

Irish jockey Mickael Kinane and Sea the Stars after they won the 88th edition of the Arc de Triomphe at the Longchamp racecourse in Paris, in October 2009. Legendary Irish racehorse Sea The Stars was named European horse of the year last week at the Cartier Awards.

In this photo released by the New York Racing Association, Haynesfield, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, captures the Discovery handicap horse race at Aqueduct Race Track in New York, on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009.American Lion with jockey Julien Leparoux, right, pull s away from the field in the stretch to win the Grade III, $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes horse race, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif.

Paddy Flood and Vic Venturi (r) clear the last fence in company with the Paddy Brennan partnered Hello Bud (c) and the Jason Maguire ridden Keenan’s Future before winning The Becher Handicap Steeple Chase Race run at Aintree Racecourse on November 22, 2009 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images Europe)
Jockey Craig Newitt riding Bashful Girl wins race Six the Betfair Eclipse Stakes during the Eclipse Stakes Day meeting at Sandown Racecourse on November 21, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images AsiaPac)